The United States and China agreed in Shanghai to cooperate in response to the climate crisis. The US climate envoy John Kerry and his Chinese colleague Xie Zhenhua stayed in Shanghai for two days to discuss the steps to be taken.
The two superpowers working together, jointly responsible for half of the global greenhouse gas emissions, are considered essential to achieving the Paris climate goals.
Kerry is the representative of the Biden administration in his first visit to China. The tension between the two countries, the U.S. criticism of the oppression of Uyghurs, China’s claims on Taiwan and the South China Sea, and its interference in Hong Kong are all very bad in Beijing. But in Shanghai, the two negotiators gave the impression that the United States and China could form an alliance on climate issues.
No specific agreement has been reached yet. The two countries pledged to work together to reach an international climate agreement and continue to reach specific agreements to limit the use of fossil fuels. They will also make additional investments in funds of poor countries to help them make their economies greener.
“Not a finger of accusation”
In Shanghai, a lot of time has been spent, especially in negotiating the use of coal for power generation and industrialization. Nowhere is there so much coal burning than China.
Kerry said after the consultation: “I have not blamed it.” “We used to burn too much coal, other countries consume too much coal, but in China, in fact, most of them, most of them are coal. This That’s why it must be changed.”
The two-day online climate summit initiated by President Biden will begin on Friday. He invited 40 world leaders to agree on more ambitious climate goals and provide more assistance to impoverished areas of the world. Biden has urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend the summit, but it is not clear whether Xi Jinping himself will join the summit. Beijing has indicated that it has no new commitments. The deputy minister said last week: “For a large country with a population of 1.4 billion, achieving climate goals will not be easy.”
For Biden, the success of the summit is very important. One of his first moves as president was to sign an decree to rejoin the 2015 Paris climate agreement, from which Biden’s predecessor Trump had previously withdrawn the country. Biden has declared that the fight against global warming is one of the most important pillars of his presidency.